Mike Madsen has been elected as the newest commissioner for the Washington State Potato Commission. The election took place during the WSPC’s quarterly meeting Sept. 6. Mr. Madsen will fill the WSPC’s vacant at-large position and begin serving his term immediately.
Mr. Madsen has worked in the potato industry for over 40 years and has spent the last 18 years of his career with AgriNorthwest. He currently works as a farm unit manager for AgriNorthwest’s Plymouth Farms, where he is responsible for all aspects of production including planting, harvesting, storage and monitoring.
During his professional career Mr. Madsen has overseen farm operations throughout the Northwest and in a few select international regions as well.
“I have been around potatoes nearly my whole life,” Mr. Madsen said in a press release. “I started out as just a young boy changing water in a Russet Burbank field. I look forward to utilizing this lifelong experience of working with potatoes as I operate alongside the other commissioners and do my part to best serve the industry.”
Prior to being elected as a commissioner, Mr. Madsen had also served as an industry member of the WSPC’s research and technical committee. As a member of the committee, Mr. Madsen would participate in helping direct and review its activities and join in its quarterly meetings.
A total of three applicants had expressed interest in the position, and the commissioners voted amongst the three candidates. The term for the at-large position is three years. The commission is governed by 15-commissioners from the state’s potato industry. Nine are grower-elected positions and five are appointed positions by the commissioners. In addition, a representative from the Washington State Department of Agriculture also sits on the board.